How we play our games continues to change and eventually, the console may disappear entirely.
With the rise of cloud computing and technological limitations, id Software's John Carmack believes the console could die out in 10 years. Speaking in a recent Eurogamer interview , the long-time game maker talks about the future and wonders what it holds in store.
"The next-generation will be here soon, in a couple of years. That’s going to be that much farther beyond [the current generation]. It’ll be another ten times as powerful as this. I’d be surprised if that doesn’t last over a decade before people wind up saying, well, we’ve really tapped out everything you could possibly do on there.
It’s a scary thought to think, is the generation after the next one the last console generation, effectively?"
It seems the difficulty will come in convincing people to purchase more costly machines. "They'll be able to do it on the next generation," Carmack said, "but it's going to be much harder." And as for the generation after that, who knows? He adds that there are "huge advantages" for "piping everything over a broadband connection," which may effectively end the console's reign.
For our part, we maintain our stance that without a physical product, the hardcore gamers will be quite unhappy. But perhaps in time, that will change as well.